Jugjugg Jeeyo Review: Neetu Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani’s Film Is Entertaining But Not Insightful

Jugjugg Jeeyo Review: Neetu Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani’s Film Is Entertaining But Not Insightful

Jugjugg Jeeyo Review: Neetu Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani's Film Is Entertaining But Not Insightful

A nonetheless from Jugjugg Jeeyo. (courtesy: YouTube)

Forged: Neetu Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Kiara Advani, Varun Dhawan, Maniesh Paul, Tisca Chopra and Prajakta Koli

Director: Raj Mehta

Ranking: 2 stars (out of 5)

A household drama that units out to be an all-out marital comedy however is unable to settle right into a rhythm of any kind, Jugjugg Jeeyo is a story of three marriages – one has lasted 35 years, one other is 5 years outdated, and a 3rd is days away from being solemnised. Issues arising out of errors, misgivings and mishaps hound all three.

If that seems like a hysterical rigmarole with the potential to yield fun riot, solely a small a part of it’s tapped and realised. Jugjugg Jeeyo, produced by Dharma Productions and Viacom18 Studios, employs garish units, loud music, high-pitched dialogues and a bewildering screenplay within the service of a narrative in regards to the pitfalls of marriages that drift.

The confounding methods of the plot, if one had been to be charitable, approximate the confusions that confront the characters. As they struggle to determine the professionals and cons of marriage, they can not appear to make up their minds in regards to the utility of the establishment. Certitudes elude them – and the script.

That mercifully is not the lot of the principal actors – Neetu Singh (returning to the trade after an extended hiatus), Anil Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani and big-screen debutante Prajakta Kohli. They do nicely to maintain tempo with a movie that has no room for pauses. As the story hurtles alongside, the forged appears to be having fun with the trip. Their sustained ebullience rubs off to a sure diploma on the narrative.


A nonetheless from the movie.

Jugjugg Jeeyo, directed by Raj Mehta and scripted by Rishhabh Sharma, Anurag Singh, Sumit Batheja and Neeraj Udhawani, is about an ageing man and his son. Their marriages run into tough climate at the same time as their daughter/sister is all set to enter into matrimony. The household congregates of their Patiala residence for the upcoming nuptial with a slew of secrets and techniques that quickly start to tumble out into the open.

One character tells one other: “Dabaa ke rakhna theek nahi – emotion na movement.” Jugjugg Jeeyo takes that suggestion to coronary heart and runs with a surfeit of nearly the whole lot that it could possibly pack into its 150 minutes. That the movie is overlong isn’t the issue. It’s the clunky, exuberant overload that weighs it down means too incessantly.

Raj Mehta’s earlier directorial, Good Newwz (2019), additionally from the Dharma Productions steady, was a couple of couple struggling to conceive a child. Jugjugg Jeeyo, which has the identical tone and texture as his debut movie, offers with two {couples} labouring to maintain their marriage intact though members of the prolonged household lose no alternative to remind the youthful married girl, a lot to her consternation, that it’s time for her to change into a mom.


A poster of Jugjugg Jeeyo.

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham was all about “loving your mother and father”, Jugjugg Jeeyo is all about detesting your partner. A marriage happens throughout the first 4 sequences of the movie. It’s handled with out a lot pomp (the rationale for the low-key therapy: the movie has larger and fatter weddings in retailer).

Lower to 5 years later. The couple, Kuldeep ‘Kuku’ Saini (Varun Dhawan) and Naina Sharma (Kiara Advani), who fell in love when the boy was nonetheless in his knickers, have drifted aside at the same time as they proceed to stay underneath the identical roof in Toronto.

The woman is a hotshot HR skilled on a roll in Toronto; the man is a nightclub bouncer watching a dead-end. The previous has her profession all sorted; the latter has no thought what the following day goes to deliver. Regrets and recriminations drive Kuku and Naina to the brink of divorce.

The younger couple comply with postpone the announcement of their plans to separate till the marriage of the previous’s sister Ginny (Prajakta Koli) is out of the best way. The lady, too, has a difficulty or two to kind out earlier than she will get hitched. And that is not all. It seems that their mother and father, Bheem Saini (Anil Kapoor) and Geeta (Neetu Singh), a cheerful couple on the face of it, aren’t any higher off.

Laughter and feelings are the 2 principal parts in Jugjugg Jeeyo, which, after a comparatively calm first half, dives right into a tumultuous second half full of revelations and concealments. The boys blame the ladies, the ladies don’t endure in silence, and the confrontations, particularly between the youthful couple, flip into shrill slanging matches.

When the struggle(s) of phrases erupts – the one between Bheem Saini and his resentful son shortly spirals uncontrolled – mawkishness is rarely distant. Jugjugg Jeeyo goes the entire hog with the emotional overdrive and transmits contradictory alerts on the theme of the man-woman relationship throughout the boundaries of marriage.


A poster of Jugjugg Jeeyo.

The secrets and techniques that the 2 married {couples} and the bride-to-be spring on one another sends the five-member household right into a tizzy, with Kuku Saini’s greatest pal and brother-in-law Gurpreet (Maniesh Paul) and the boys’ math instructor Meera (Tisca Chopra in a cameo) including gasoline to fireside.

As soon as the crises peak within the second half, the screenplay turns overly unwieldly. The untangling of the online of lies and uncertainties is a long-drawn, tiresome strategy of toing and froing designed to not let any one of many Sainis – least of all of the wayward patriarch – to be seen in poor mild. The balancing act takes its toll.

Neetu Singh is the one member of the forged who is not referred to as upon to rave and rant. She strides by the movie with hanging poise, particularly within the scenes that observe the character’s realization that her marriage may be underneath risk. Amid all of the fulminations raging round her, she seems to be in a distinct galaxy.

Anil Kapoor within the guise of a person who takes an excessive amount of without any consideration is ready to convey a streak of recklessness and bouts of emotional blackouts with equal felicity. The youthful actors round him, as all the time, are hard-pressed to maintain up with him. Full marks to Varun Dhawan, Kiara Advani and Prajakta Kohli for attempting.

Very broad strokes are the stock-in-trade of this movie, which, in fact, may go a good distance in endearing it to segments of the lots. However don’t anticipate any nuanced concepts to stream out of this battle of the sexes that loses shortly its means in a maze. As a cinematic ‘treatise’ on marriage, Jugjugg Jeeyo for the ages. Watch it. You would possibly discover it entertaining. However insightful it actually is not.

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